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1999 996 Carrera - Motor "Tap"

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Vehicle Information: Model: 996 carrera; Year: 1999; Body Type: Coupe; Total Mileage: 62,000;

Recently I have noticed a random (as to say not constant) tapping-like noise on the right side of the motor (as you look at her from the rear). It is most noticeable at idle and seems to disappear if the rpms are raised even a few 100 rpms. I have owned the car for two years (12000 miles) and have taken good car of it (oil, etc. done by a well known Porsche shop in NJ). I do run her up near redline on occasion on the up shift...but never on the down shift. Any thoughts/suggestions? Is this is sign of serious engine damage?

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